The Zoo will be closing early Christmas Eve at 2pm - Last ticket sold at 1pm. Closed Christmas & New Year's Day.

About Our Programs

Come see the El Paso Zoo as you have never seen it before by participating in one of our unique Zoo Adventure Programs! ZAP (Zoo Adventure Programs) give you an opportunity to learn about the zoo and its animals in a fun and intimate way with several different programs.


Boyscout with badges
Badge Program

Earn your scout badge with up close experiences with animals during this 2 hour program! Bring your whole troop.

Program Information

Ages 5 and up
2 hour program
$15 per person (Admission not included) |  El Paso Zoological Society Members $13.50
Minimum group size 15 | Maximum group size 30

Register for the Scout Badge Program 

El Paso Zoo Worker Holding Snake
Behind the Scenes

During this one hour tour you and your family or friends will start off by meeting one of our zoo keepers and the animals they take care of. After a one on one conversation with the keepers, you will get see how the staff of commissary prepares the diets for all of the animals living in the zoo. End your tour with a visit to the Animal Medical Center and see the state of the art equipment used to take care of our animals.

Program Information

$37 per person, $32.50 per child (7 to 12 years old) includes admission
$22.50 per El Paso Zoological Society Member Participants 
Participants must be 7 years and up (person 7-17 must be accompanied by a legal adult)
Minimum Group Size 4; Maximum Group Size 15 (maximum may vary based on animal area visited)
Pick a scheduled date (2019 dates coming soon) or request private date

Register for a Behind the Scenes tour

elephant taking bath
Deluxe Elephant Encounter

Take a special behind the scenes tour of our elephant facility. The tour offers an opportunity to help give one of our Asian elephants a bath. Once the soap has been rinsed off and the elephant is clean, you have the opportunity to help our keepers feed her breakfast before she moves into the exhibit yard.

Program Information

$200 for 1-5 people
All participants must be 7 years old or older. Those under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Register for a Deluxe Elephant Encounter

night prowl
Night Prowl

Bring your friends and your family to enjoy 2.5 hours of fun at the Zoo at nighttime. Meet three animals during an up-close animal encounter*, see what happens at night during a guided hike around the Zoo, and create enrichment for our animals to enjoy the next day!

*Some animals may be touchable. Following the CDC’s guidelines for reptiles, certain age restrictions apply. https://www.cdc.gov/features/salmonellafrogturtle/index.html

Program Information

7 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
$15 per person, includes admission
All Ages Welcome – strollers welcome (1 paid adult per 5 children)
Minimum Group Size 10; Maximum Group Size 20
Payment due 2 weeks in advance

Register for a Night Prowl 

Elephant at el paso zoo
Produce Hunt

Participate in a 30 minute experience inside an animal exhibit helping zookeepers hide fruits, veggies and more! After the food is hidden everyone then moves back into the main viewing area to watch the animal find the food.

Produce Hunts are offered with Asian elephants and Galapagos tortoises. While we cannot guarantee which animal will be available for your program, you can write in your preference in the comment section of the registration form.

Program Information
$7 per person in addition to entrance fees
Minimum group size 10, Maximum group size 20
Participants must be 7 years and up (person 7-17 must be accompanied by a legal adult)

Register for a Produce Hunt

cat in the moonlight
Sleepover

Have you ever wondered what happens to the animals when everyone has gone for the day and the Zoo is closed? Bring your pillow, toothbrush, sleeping bag and spend the night at the zoo to find out! Sleepovers include evening and early morning guided tours, live animal presentations, nighttime visits to see some of our animals and so much more.

Program Information

6 p.m.-9:30 a.m.
$675 for up to 15 participants; $45 per additional
Maximum group size 20
Participants must be ages 7 and up (1 paid adult per 5 children 7-17)
Registration and payment due 2 weeks in advance of scheduled program

Register for a Sleepover